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Sr. Electronics High Speed Digital Design Engineer

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada .
full-time . July 19, 2022


The Alpha Insights team is building the world's premier space-based and super-high-resolution, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite technology. Our mission is to pair Alpha's SAR-XL technology with a predictive analytics platform—delivering unprecedented global insights for precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, supply chain tracking, security, and more. 
Alpha Insights' next-generation SAR satellite technology is designed to provide broad coverage and ultra-high-resolution data that can penetrate biomass, soil, and sand. This dual, X and L band, SAR features real-time processing and space-based AI for use in diverse applications—everything from farming to market research. 
Position Summary 
The Sr. Electronics High Speed Digital Design Engineer, will be responsible for the design and development of high-speed digital embedded systems at the heart of Alpha Insights’ next generation of remote sensing synthetic aperture radar satellites. 
Essential Job Functions: 

  • Design high speed electronics circuit boards using the latest Xilinx and Micro-Semi FPGAs 
  • Schematic capture and PCB layout of circuit design 
  • Selection of electronic parts suitable for space applications, including radiation tolerance  
  • Supporting parts procurement and supply chain monitoring 
  • Board bring-up and characterization 
  • Contribute to the definition and maintenance of the electronic parts library 
  • Participate in all aspects of the project life cycle including concept definition and trade-offs, requirements development, design, testing, release, and maintenance. 
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary technical team, participating in defining the overall Radar and how the embedded electronics interface with the larger system. 
  • Ensure the designs are space, mass, and power efficient and are designed to high reliability standards. 
  • Familiarity with FPGA firmware and software environments 
  • Able to work in a schedule driven environment 
Minimum Education: 

  • B.Sc. or higher in electrical or electronic engineering 

  • Mandatory: 10+ years’ experience in high-speed digital design (500MHz and above) showing continued growth and the development of applications of increasing complexity and performance  
  • Preferred: Experience with designing for space applications is an asset but consideration will be given to applicants with strong technical design skills.   
Key Skills: 

  • Electronics design of high-speed digital circuits: schematic capture, PCB layout 
  • Experience with latest FPGAs, microprocessors, soft microprocessors, System-on-Chips, including Xilinx Virtex/Zynq Ultrascale+, Microsemi SmartFusion2/PolarFire FPGA SoC 
  • Experience with GHz class ADCs and DACs 
  • Experience with power supply design for FPGA circuits 
Additional Skills 

  • Implementation of high-speed digital interfaces such as Xilinx Aurora 
  • Mechanical and thermal design of space electronics units 
  • Understanding of the effects of ionizing radiation on integrated electronics. Radiation testing and mitigation techniques 
  • Supervising the subcontract manufacturing of high-speed circuit boards and electronics assemblies 
  • Ability to interact with and direct junior members of the team 
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written.   

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